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I'm Dani. Foodie. Lover of Beauty and Fashion. Bride to Be. Gym and Green Tea Addict. Instagram Obsessed. Legal Eagle. (Sometimes I blog)

Sunday, 30 October 2011



So this week has been pretty high pressure so I was excited to go out to a party on Friday night with the boyf and friends.  Getting ready was pretty rushed.  Especially because I had to factor in washing my hair, which at the moment I can do nothing with.

I went out looking like the second picture.  In a black dress rather than the pink fluffy dressing gown!  I don't really know why the "before" picture is necessary but I was messing around on my new MacBook so there it is!

I used:-

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Tawny mixed with MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC30
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder
  • Bare Minerals Bronzer in Warmth
  • Coastal Scents Blush in Coral and Pink mixed
  • Various MUA Heaven and Earth E/S Palette shades with lots of blending
  • Revlon Fabulash Mascara
  • Kate Moss for Rimmel shade 01 Lipstick mixed with MAC Lipstick in Ravishing

It felt really odd to put all the makeup on as I haven't been out for ages!  Also, I attempted to put on false eyelashes (which I used to use ALL the time) but it RUINED my eye makeup on my left eye and I couldn't get it to stick so I had to start all over again! STRESSED!

Can't believe I can't put false eyelashes on again!  Anyone else have this problem or just me!?  Thankfully I managed to save the look in the end!

Monday, 24 October 2011

So I happened upon the Soap & Glory Makeup Range in Boots the other day. Excited is an understatement! Has anyone else seen this? Were you excited too??

I have been waiting for this for what seems like ages and it did not disappoint. The range covers everything. Foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, mascara, lippies etc.

They have got it 100%right in my opinion.

Anyway, as I was tight on time (and cash) I decided to get something I thought I really needed and would be able to use straight away. So the Kickass Concealer it was.

As you can see a lot of thought has gone into this product.   The packaging I love straight away, but as soon as I saw it's two different shades of concealer I instantly thought bobbi brown corrector and concealer savings times. Don't get me wrong, I love that stuff, but it doesn't half reduce my spends.

So this beauty was only £10 - dramatically cheaper than my others and it had the two shades and the translucent (white looking) powder too.

You can see from the pictures S&G have also been kind enough to provide a step by step guide as to what order to use the products which I like.

So does it work?  Actually, yes.  And very well.  I can say that because I literally look like the walking dead without concealer (no exaggeration) and therefore anything that covers the dark circles should work pretty well on most people!

What I loved was that the texture is much easier to blend than some of my other concealers, it doesn't drag and is so easy to apply.  Perfect for under the eyes.  There is a little powder puff to apply the powder with also, although for speed I just use my normal powder brush.

So I am happy.  I will definitely be purchasing more products from the makeup range and believe that the quality is great for the price.  I am happy - I get to save on my normal concealer.

I used shade medium - however I only spotted light as an alternative and I am not sure if they do a dark shade.  It's great for my skin tone though - which is NC30 MAC if that helps anyone!

I would definitely recommend! I also have their specific under eye concealer which I will review very soon also!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Soap and Glory Excitement!

Naughty Pastries

Standard avoiding the hair wash until desperate weekly routine!

Boots Shopping Times!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

So Saturday is traditionally the day of the week that I try new hair products, or dye my hair, or try new styles.

Today was no different.  I happened upon some Soap & Glory small Shampoo and Conditioner in Boots earlier this week.  It was 3 for 2 and I thought it would be good to pick up some smaller sizes to try.

As a side note, let me just say I love travel sized products.  Seriously, I buy them all the time now because it means I to try something without worrying about spending too much and get to use it at the gym! Perfecto!

The good news is that I am looking forward to using these at the gym.  It's weird, when I used them in the shower I was thinking "uh oh" and "my hair is feeling pretty traumatised".  Sometimes conditioners make your hair feel amazing immediately, I'd say this does not but my hair definitely felt super clean.

Buuuut, the amazingness became apparent as I began to dry my hair.  It dried in no time, smooth and super shiny.  Me = happy happy.  My ends were smooth and I therefore couldn't even bring myself to straighten it because it looked like the best blow dry I have ever had!

So love it.  My hair looks and feels amazing and I get to use less heat than usual.  Sorted.  I mean, I had heard a girl I know saying that their hair range was good, but I must admit, I was doubtful.  Especially as I am desperately trying to grow my hair at the moment so I'll be the first to admit it needs a good trim.  I was wrong.  It really is good and next time it will be the full size version for me.

What do you think ladies? Have any of you used this?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Morning all. Hope you're having a good week! I'm tired already and not loving the cold front that's arrived.

Anyway, you may remember that a few weeks ago I provided you with my thoughts on some products from the Vivo range I had been sent.

My reactions were mixed and overall I came away thinking your get what you pay for.

That said, I was curious as to how the foundation would work because it seemed to have very good coverage.

Well I have since tried it properly and sadly I must say that it didn't live up to my expectations. The coverage wasn't actually as full as I had imagined and it provided almost a greasy finish. Furthermore, my skin felt like it couldn't breathe at all.

I'm sad to say that it wasn't very good at all and it's not something I would recommend.

I really do like Tesco and they have some fantastic products in their skincare ranges and Barbara Daly range. The jury is still out for me on the Vivo line but I am keeping an open mind having heard some wonderful things about their eyeshadows.

I guess it just depends on what you are looking for.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Yes, that is my name...

The only thing that makes me feel happy on a Tuesday morning!

The Hair Softener in Winter Months!

The Beauty of My New Toy...

Monday, 17 October 2011

Work Essentials From My Stationery Drawer!

Thirsty Thirsty

Pretty Purse Times

Metabolism Speed Up Hopes After a Weekend Of Over-indulging!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

  • Falling over isn't fun.  Nor are bloody knees and ripped tights.
  • There are still people out there that care enough about others to make sure the person falling is ok.
  • I love Bastise Volumising Dry Shampoo - it works sooooo well on my hair.  Perfect for after work drinks.
  • I can only do so many early mornings and late starts without turning into a misery!  I feel much better after having a couple of 7 hour sleeps.
  • Having a clear out takes aaaages.  
  • Working a lot does not make for a regularly updated blog.
  • The new iPhone update is amazing.  Can't wait to get the new iPhone.
  • MacBooks may just be the way forward.  I am certainly loving my new one!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Vivo is a new cosmetics brand introduced recently by Tesco.  Their prices are nice and cheap and it's great to be able to purchase makeup while carrying out a food shop.  Certainly makes it much more exciting! 

Kindly, I was sent some sample to try namely their Lengthening Mascara, Matte Foundation and Diamond Sparkle Lipgloss.

My first thoughts if I am honest were that all three of these products are unlikely to be what I would personally purchase from the brand.  When looking as cheaper makeup I tend to go for shadows, blush and lipsticks.

That said, I approached them with an open mind and here are my initial thoughts...

I like the applicator for the gloss.  I think a brush is often a really nice way of applying a gloss and I wish there were more of these about.  In terms of the colour it's fine, but as with lots of glosses it is pretty clear when spread with only a hint of colour so nothing to write home about in that respect.  One thing I must say though if I am being totally honest is, for me, this is far too glittery.  I cannot stand a glittery lipgloss and I don't think that I am alone in my thinking.  I mean, it's not the most subtle of looks is it.  Which did make me question who exactly this range is aimed at as the last time I wore a glittery gloss must have been back in 2002 if not before and I was definitely still in my teens then...

That said, if it is aimed at teenages then so what.  I think they would certainly be pleased to see a cheap ranged offering lots of products in addition to these I was sent.

In terms of the packaging of the mascara I think this is absolutely fine.  It says what it is meant to do and that is all I am concerned with when using mascaras anyway so I was happy.  What I found disturbing though was that when I opened the mascara the brush was covered in fluffy bits (you can see it in the picture above slightly).  I have yet to use this on my eyes.  I will try it and let you know how I get on, but this really did concern me.  Firstly because the product is new so I don't understand why the brush is in such a sorry state already and secondly because I have sensitive eyes and just think that all these loose bits are going to cling to my lashes and then irritate my eyes all day.  Not really what I had in mind when opening the mascara.  I will let you know...

Again, the packaging is pretty basic which again is fine.  I don't need fancy packaging just a product that works so that wouldn't put me off.  I was shocked by the heavy consistency of this foundation.  It really is thick and felt quite difficult to blend on my skin, however when it did it gave really full coverage.  I like my makeup to look quite "done" in winter, so this may work just fine for me.  I am yet to try it on my face, but I will carry out a full review shortly showing you what it looks like although the shading will probably be a little off.

So there you have it - my initial reactions.  Unfortunately, none of these products wowed me and I was left with the impression that you get what you pay for.  I don't know if that is really a bad thing, but personally I think that at this stage in my life I would rather pay the extra and get things that suit my needs a little more.  Especially when considering the state of the mascara.  The jury is still out on the foundation though so that may change. 

Despite me not loving these products however, I have seen other really good looking products from the range including eyeshadows and a concealer kit.  I would give them a go I think, but when I was in Tesco recently they weren't there! 

Has anyone else tried this range, or any of these specific products?  What did you think?